A man who “identifies” as a woman has made the switch over to women’s weightlifting and is dominating the field.
Shocking, I know.
Laurel Hubbard, a transgender “woman” from Kiwi, took a commanding win in Sunday’s Australian International event in Melbourne. The athlete wrecked the biological women during Sunday’s showdown, setting four national records. “Hubbard lifted a combined total of 268kg – 19kg better than silver medallist Iuniarra Sipaia of Samoa,” notes NZ Herald.
The 39-year-old weightlifting champ previously competed in men’s national weightlifting before his “transition” during his mid-30s.
While LGBT activists are praising Hubbard for his participation and dominance in the field, some of the weightlifter’s biologically female competitors are less than thrilled with the situation.
“She is who she is. That’s the way the politics … and what the New Zealanders have decided. I can’t say much more than that,” said bronze medalist Kaitlyn Fassin. “She is seen as female and that’s the way it is.”
“If I was in that category I wouldn’t feel like I was in an equal situation,” stated Deborah Acason, a two-time weightlifting Olympian. “I just feel that if it’s not even why are we doing the sport?”
Olympic Weightlifting New Zealand President Garry Marshall acknowledged the controversy surrounding a man competing in a women’s division, but affirmed that he must abide by OWNZ rules.
“She competed as a long time for a man and her efforts were very strong,” said Marshall.
“That strength has remained with her, despite testosterone,” he continued. “That point is not recognized by the science and some of our competitors would say that’s not fair.”
Marshall added that they would “act” on “concrete evidence” of advantages for Hubbard if there were any.
“We have to follow the policy of the International Olympic Committee and the International Weightlifting Federation. They do not acknowledge in any way the gender identity of an athlete other than male or female; they’re not described as transgender,” he said.
In order for Hubbard to compete against women, he “must demonstrate that her total testosterone level in serum has been below 10 [nanomoles per litre] for at least 12 months prior to her first competition,” as noted in the International Olympic Committee recommendations for male-to-female transgender athletes.
Under the guise of equality and fairness, numerous women have taken a backseat to males who say they are female in the sports arena. For instance, in June, a high school boy who “identifies” as a female took home all-state honors in Alaska’s female track and field division
The mother to one of the girls who was bumped off the podium for the state finals, Jennifer VanPelt, called out the faux “equality.”
“At our state track and field meet they award medals and a spot on the podium to the top 4. Allison placed 5th. We had no idea she was running against a male until after the race was over,” VanPelt told Rare. “She was upset. How do you explain to her that not only does she need to train to beat her fellow female athletes now she should also train to beat the males?”
She continued: “I believe parents and athletes alike should be worried. Transgender males being allowed to compete in female events are being afforded an unfair advantage. Males are physically different than females. That’s a scientific fact. Hormones and body modification cannot change that. Today it’s one transgender athlete. Tomorrow it could be half the field,” she said.
If the Left continues to get their way, biological girls and women will have no fair place to compete — in the name of “equality” and “fairness,” of course.